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McDermott, Ennis, Parker named to 10 player Naismith semifinal list

College basketball releases Top 10 Naismith list- Doug McDermott
College basketball releases Top 10 Naismith list- Doug McDermott
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On Friday, the Atlanta Tip Off Club announced the 10 national semifinalists for the 2014 Men’s Naismith Trophy. By March 17, the voting academy will pick the four finalists. Those finalists will be released on March 23.

Doug McDermott embraces father
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There are four freshman on the semifinal list. Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis has led the Orange all season and he skyrocketed to one of the top players in the country.

Jabari Parker from Duke is also on the list. If Parker decides to enter the NBA draft, he could be the #1 overall pick.

One of Kentucky’s phenomenal freshman is part of the equation as well. Julius Randle has been a load to handle for plenty of opponents from game one.

The last freshman is from Kansas and his name is Andrew Wiggins. The athletic guard has been under plenty of scrutiny, but he still got voted into the semifinals.

Wichita State’s Fred VanVleet is the only sophomore on the list. The Shockers are the only undefeated team remaining in college basketball.

The only junior on the list is Nick Johnson. The do it all guard has helped lead the Wildcats to a dominant record in the PAC 12.

There are four seniors on this list. Sean Kilpatrick has been spectacular for the Cincinnati Bearcats. He has a tremendous battle with another American Athletic guard. Louisville’s Russ Smith has transformed his game into a facilitating point guard. Shabazz Napier of Connecticut may have been the best of all three guards this season.

The heavy favorite to win the award is Creighton senior Doug McDermott. The versatile forward has been unstoppable multiple games this season. This seems like it’s his award to lose.

Ennis (Syracuse)
Nick Johnson (Arizona)
Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati)
Doug McDermott (Creighton)
Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)
Jabari Parker (Duke)
Julius Randle (Kentucky)
Russ Smith (Louisville)
Fred VanVleet (Wichita State)
Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)

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